You don’t need the following instructions if when you insert the CD into your CD drive, an installer app appears.
However, if the CD starts to run the Bible program itself, and not an installation program, the following instructions will show you how to perform a manual installation of the program from the CD to your hard drive, so you no longer need the CD to run the Bible program.
Full Install Help
A few of our software CDs were created without an installation program. They were designed to run directly from the CD drive without needing to install files to your hard drive. We did that to save space on our customers’ hard drives back in the day when Sunday School computers typically had less storage space, and certain programs were very large.
However, we have always permitted and helped our customers to perform manual installations of those programs in cases where they didn’t want to have kids or teachers handling the CD (losing, scratching), and in cases where they didn’t have a CD drive, or their CD drive was too slow to adequately present the program.
After you perform the following manual install, you can put the CD away for safekeeping.
This method is also used for some of our “site licensed” CDs that were not originally mastered with an installer. Instead of sending them multiple CDs (each of which risks getting scratched by student and teacher handling) we send ONE CD with instructions to install them in the following manner.
Look for the Print link at the bottom of this page.
The brief version for techies:
Copy all the CD’s files into a new folder in C:\Program File (x86), then create a desktop shortcut to the folder’s startup file.
The Step-by-Step version
- Open FILE EXPLORER in Windows. If you don’t know where it is, type “File Explorer” in the Windows search field located in the bottom left corner of your taskbar.
- In File Explorer, navigate to your c:\Program Files(x86).
- In the Program Files (x86) folder, select NEW FOLDER and give it the name of your CD.
- Insert the CD in your drive. If you don’t have a CD drive, go to a computer that does and copy the entire contents of the CD to a USB flash drive, and use the flash drive to continue the install.
- In FILE EXPLORER, find your CD drive (perhaps it is letter D:) and double click it to open it. You should now be looking at all the files and folders on the CD.
- COPY all the files and folders on the CD with your mouse by highlighting all of them with your mouse, then RIGHT clicking your mouse (with the arrow hovering over the highlighted file area) and selecting COPY from the pop up menu.
- Navigate back to c:\Program Files(x86) and double click the new folder you created (in step 3) to open it.
- Right click in the right pane of that new folder and select PASTE to paste all the files you copied from the CD. If Windows asks you for permission, give it.
- You now have all the CD’s contents pasted (installed) to your new folder on the hard drive and can put the CD away for safekeeping. Now you just need to create a Desktop Shortcut to start the program.
- To create a Desktop Shortcut to the program, in the new folder (where you just pasted all the CD’s files), RIGHT CLICK the “exe” file (the program’s start-up or “application” file).
(Sometimes it is called by the same name as the CD, or sometimes “Start.”)
- Select “SEND TO” and then “Desktop (Create a Shortcut).” This will put a clickable icon on your Desktop. (You can customize the name of that clickable desktop link by right clicking it and selecting RENAME.)
Open File Explorer (formerly called “Windows Explorer”) in Windows:
Then navigate to c:\Program Files (x86)
In the Program Files (x86) folder, you need to create a New Folder there to hold all the files on your CD. Give is a name while you’re there, such as, the name of the CD:
Then you need to copy all the files from the CD itself. To do this, highlight all the file on the CD, RIGHT click them and select COPY.
Now you need to navigate back to your New Folder in the Program Files (x86) folder and PASTE all those files into your new folder:
Then you need to RIGHT click the startup/application file in the New Folder you created (that has all the files pasted from the CD), and click “Send to” and “Desktop” create shortcut.
Now you can start the program from the Desktop and put the CD away for safekeeping.
Need help? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.